"The women found this tool extremely valuable. They had not realised the impact diabetes could have on pregnancy outcomes."
The 2015 National Pregnancy in Diabetes Audit showed that only 1 in 5 women with diabetes are safely prepared for pregnancy. This therefore places 4 in 5 women at higher risk of serious health complications both for mother and baby.
One of the key recommendations of the audit was for better ways of informing women of what they need to know before they fall pregnant – otherwise known as pre-conception information.
We have taken what we have learnt about how the Information Prescriptions work and have applied it to pre-conception information, creating an information sheet that gives women with diabetes the information they need before they even think about having a baby.
The Contraception and Pregnancy Information Prescription covers:
- Advise on blood glucose levels
- Prescribing 5mg of folic acid daily
- Having a medication review to make sure women are not on harmful drugs
- Setting individual health targets
We are currently working with primary care IT companies to embed the Information Prescription into their systems.
The tool will then pop up for relevant patients, significantly increasing the speed and effectiveness of the intervention as key patient data is automatically populated and saved on the medical record to support continuity of care. Until they’re live in the primary care IT systems, you can download the tool as a PDF to print and use with patients. Alternatively, download the word version to save and use as a template.
"Useful information that is hard to find online! I would say that the right level of information is on it- not too scary as you need to know but ensures women know that they need to be prepared."
Person living with diabetes